Hollywood Up And Comers Recognizing That The Big Gatekeepers May Be More Of A Threat Than Silicon Valley

from the fighting-the-status-quo dept

Despite the MPAA's insistence that it wants to "talk" to Silicon Valley, it still seems to think that just means getting together with Google's lobbyists in Washington DC. Thankfully, the MPAA doesn't really represent the full movie industry, and plenty of young filmmakers realize that the tech industry isn't the enemy and has been providing tons of great tools and services that up-coming filmmakers rely on every day. Some of them are realizing that perhaps the real fight is between the legacy gatekeepers and the up-and-comers... and as such, the up-and-comers should have a much closer relationship with the tech industry.

Gina Hall is a young Hollywood filmmaker who reached out to me and some others in Silicon Valley to begin this discussion, recognizing that perhaps the MPAA's claims don't match up with her best interests:
I feel like the solutions proposed from Hollywood establishment just might be in favor of the status quo rather than helping up-and-comers. Call it a hunch. So while industry bosses are distracted with their fight to sustain the old business model, I figured it might be a good time to start a series of conversations between the tech sector and young Hollywood to make some sense of the seismic shift happening in the industry.
There are a few quotes from me in that article, in which she notes that it really does seem like the tech industry is coming up with all the cool stuff that actually helps young filmmakers today -- from tools (like cheaper cameras) to services (like YouTube) to ways to monetize (like Kickstarter). Old Hollywood? Not so much:
Masnick's M.O. is disruptive innovation -- or as he describes it "how we get cool stuff." Creating cool stuff -- honestly, isn't that what most of us get in the business to do? The problem is, Hollywood isn't responsible for creating enough cool stuff these days (especially locally) to keep us all employed. A lot of the cool stuff is now coming from the tech sector with Hollywood standing idly by. In conversations with those employed with the studios, production companies and agencies around town, I've heard projects worked on self-described as "lame," "derivative," or the backhanded compliment: "Meh, at least it'll make money."
I'm looking forward to her continuing series, showing that the tech industry and young Hollywood are very much in alignment. The only real problem is with the legacy players in the business who are just looking to keep making money the way they used to, without actually changing with the market.

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    John Fenderson (profile), 27 Mar 2012 @ 2:38pm

    Re: Re: Re: Id like to keep my job

    His film making job is pretty secure


    You know that, and I know that, but he doesn't seem to agree -- and the *AA members argue otherwise as well.

    you however are one HIB visa away from the unemployment line.


    Ahh, making it personal!

    Well, first, the high tech industry has always been fluid, and people who are successful in it are ones who are flexible and are used to constantly training/retraining and looking for the next opportunity. In other words, we live in a world every day that the union grip fears. That's why his statement sounds a lot like entitlement to many of us. Why is he demanding long-term stability in a world where it doesn't exist? He should be rejoicing that he's one of the privileged few and enjoying his run while it lasts.

    Second, the visas you speak of aren't actually causing notable job loss for the high tech industries in the US. What they do is change the nature of the jobs available, but there is, and always will be, plenty of work for people who don't mind shifting gears every couple of years.

    So none of us are "one HIB visa away from the unemployment line" unless we're either bad at our jobs or too lazy to manage our careers. If that's the case, being one step from the unemployment line still has nothing to do with the visas.

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